Business Unchained: Can corporates survive the Post-Industrial Transition?

29 November 2018  – Event Summary

Breaking out of the incrementalist mindset

Most corporate innovation efforts today remain cautious, slow, and incremental. Corporates continue to struggle with talent retention and resistance to change.

In this afternoon/evening event we discussed the origins and effects of the post-industrial transition and how it represents both a threat and an opportunity for corporates. We will introduced Post-Lean Thinking, the beginning of post-industrial management science, with new tools and practices for decoding the disruption and building the future.

Key takeaways:

  • The deeper causes of today’s industry and societal disruption
  • How to map and predict industry transformation
  • How the nature of firms will change dramatically
  • How corporates can retain critical innovation talent
  • What millennials and post-millennials want from work
  • Reorganizing for disruptive innovation
  • How leaders can overcome an incrementalist culture
  • What boards must do to hold management accountable


4:00 pm: Networking, wine tasting
5:00 pm: Welcome by Sergii Gorpynich, CTO, Cogniance
5:10 pm: Frode Odegard – How corporates can become disruptors
5:45 pm: Panel discussion with Eric Ly, Anne Boysen, and Sergii Gorpynich
6:30 pm: Networking
7:30pm: Adjourn



Sergii Gorpynich is a co-founder and CTO of Cogniance. For the last 15 years he has led R&D efforts with up to several hundred engineers across international sites developing disruptive products in multiple industries. His interests span from cutting-edge tech to implementing effective R&D practices and organizational architectures. Sergeii holds an Executive MBA and a Masters in Engineering from the Kyiv Mohyla Business School and the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, respectively. Sergei discussed how Cogniance is working with Fortune 500 clients to implement groundbreaking technologies in a variety of industries.

Frode Odegard, the founder of the Post-Lean Institute, introduced new management thinking for the post-industrial transition, and discussed what this transition means for corporations, investors, careers and society as a whole. Frode is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first software company in high school. His career began in theoretical computer science and building better tools for software and systems development. He then gradually become involved with organizational design from a computational perspective. Aside from work, his biggest passion is traditional (Iwama style) Aikido.

Eric Ly, CEO and co-founder of Hub – the Human Trust Protocol, discussed how distributed ledger technology can be used digitize, manage and scale human trust, decoupling work from firms. Eric holds a Masters Degree in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Media Lab, was the co-founding CTO of LinkedIn and has a deep understanding of how technology impacts trust and collaboration. Hub earlier this year completed a $20M SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens) round. Eric is also a co-founder of Presdo, a startup that helps build a social network around events and conferences.

Anne Boysen, Founder of After the Millennials, is a well-known expert on post-millennials (Generation Z) . She helped us better understand how they think about consumption, careers, education and navigating the uncertainty of the world that is now emerging. Of particular interest was her mention of common myths and misconceptions about millennials and post-millennials. The media has not done us any favors in portraying them accurately.